Revealing Magnetism – Distillation, Freedom, Development in the Groove

Sunday, March 12, Noon - 3 pm

Revealing Magnetism – Distillation, Freedom, Development in the Groove
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation, Bass, Musicianship, Composition and Arranging
Day Sun
Instructor Stephan Crump
Status inperson event


Known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull and for collaborations with leading lights of creative instrumental music, Stephan Crump shares his musical philosophy, including a practical approach to discerning the DNA or underlying polarity within various grooves and meters. This process clarifies fundamental versus ornamental gestures in the line, helping us generate feel in the music and revealing a path toward freedom and development. Stephan will demonstrate how to internalize this polarity on a visceral level, moving beyond the cerebral, counting mode into a more holistic and gestural presence in the music. This allows us to interact and communicate from deeper within ourselves and in terms of shaping energies, lift and landing, tension and release…magnetism. Participants are invited to bring in grooves/passages they’d like help working on. Open to all. 


About Stephan Crump


Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated, Echo Award-winning bassist/composer Stephan Crump is an active bandleader with fourteen critically-acclaimed album releases in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. Known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull, his focus on creative instrumental music has led to collaborations with many of the leading lights of his generation.  


Transcending barriers of genre, Crump, best known for his dynamic founding role in the Vijay Iyer Trio, has performed and recorded with a diverse range of musicians, from Portishead’s Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, to Patti Austin, Jim Campilongo, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Big Ass Truck, Sonny Fortune, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland.  Currently, he can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio and Sextet, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Trio, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Sextet, Secret Keeper (with Mary Halvorson), his own Rosetta Trio, as well as groups with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee.


Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and just released his first solo album, Rocket Love. He has several recordings documenting his duo collaborations with alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, pianist James Carney, and guitarist Mary Halvorson. His Rhombal quartet, with Tyshawn Sorey, Ellery Eskelin, and Adam O’Farrill, recently produced its eponymous debut, and the longstanding all-string Rosetta Trio, with Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman, just released their fourth album.